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Being Thankful Project- Part Three

“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW. I feel like we literally just gathered as a family recently and sat at the long tables and caught up with one another and ate way too much food.

But yes, it actually has been an entire year since, and it’s time to do it again! My sister and I are hosting this year, for the first time, and I’m excited to have my family over to celebrate the holiday and EAT. (I love food. I am not shy about that fact. Nom.)

As I thought about part three of this Being Thankful Project, I realized that sometimes, we get so caught up in circumstances around us or the things we don’t have, and completely miss the point of simple gratitude for the blessings we take for granted every day: a job, a vehicle, food on the table, breath in your lungs, money to pay the bills- even if it means you barely scraped by this month.

To be thankful, truly, is to be the happiest version of yourself and to view the world around you25043_Leaves with different eyes. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks…in ALL circumstances, even if you aren’t quite where you’d like to be yet, or if you don’t see the end of the struggle you’re currently facing. Even when you feel like you don’t have anything to be thankful for right now. To recognize what God is doing in your life, through His wisdom and sovereignty, and to have the confidence to trust Him.

Thankfulness gives life to trust in God’s goodness. It gives us the confidence that He WILL DO what He says, that He is faithful, and He is up to something amazing. 

Keeping it short and sweet for today- Happy Thanksgiving. Go ahead and eat that second slice of pie- you’ve been waiting all year for it. But remember to focus your heart on what really matters, and to give thanks to the LORD for His provision and His grace. 

Being Thankful Project- Part Two

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” -Ronald Reagan

Well, last week was a crazy moment in our nation’s history.

This isn’t a political post about choosing a side or making a statement, because I feel that I used my voice in the best way I knew how, and while I have many reservations about our new president-elect and the direction of our country, that’s not what this post is about.

Today, as I continue with part two of the Being Thankful Project, I want to express my gratitude for the fact that I live in a free nation. The United States of America is unique, and there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather have my citizenship established (except for Heaven, of course ;)).

This recent election reminded me of the freedoms that have been fought for me over the story of flag America. As I cast my ballot, I was mindful of brave, strong, independent women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who endured beatings, ridicule, ostracism, and even prison to allow me the privilege (as a woman) of letting my voice be heard.

I haven’t done as much traveling as I would like, at least not yet, but the places I have gone to have reminded me of the great advantage and privilege I take for granted as a United States citizen – I have the right to live wherever I want to live, travel, dream, and accomplish. I have the right to say whatever I want to say on social media without the government censoring the internet or coming after me and my family for something I voiced an opinion about. I can complain, cry, rant, celebrate, shout from the rooftops…and it’s my prerogative.

As of this moment, there is complete freedom of religion. I can attend church freely, play worship music in public, read my Bible whenever I want, and speak openly about Christ without the fear of being turned in to the government as traitor or rebel. While random and unfathomable acts of terrorism occur on our soil occasionally, I am not living in a place where we are daily oppressed by ISIS, or running for my life from terror groups invading my town or bombing my city. I can marry whomever I want, dress however I want to dress, and literally be whoever I want to be.

I am thankful to live in America. Things might not be perfect, and I was so disappointed in the people of this country during this election. But the fact is, we all have freedom. We live in what is currently the greatest nation on earth, no matter what your personal view may be on that statement. It is our job to continue to fight for it to remain so.

I am thankful today for freedom.

Being Thankful Project- Caregivers

“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers.” – Philemon 1:4

Welcome to week one of the Being Thankful Project.

It’s November, so naturally, everyone’s got Thanksgiving on the brain. Yes, that means literal pounds of food and family gatherings; the gateway to the Christmas season (aka, my favorite time of year!!!)…but this year, I want to be intentional about how I spend this month. I want to be intentional about where I set my mind and dwell in a place of thankfulness.

I’m a complainer. I admit it. It’s always too hot, too cold (okay, it’s ALWAYS too cold…haha), or I’m hungry, bored, tired, annoyed, frustrated…ew. This needs to stop. I want to rewire my brain into a spirit of grace and thanksgiving, and give the credit where credit is due: to God, the provider of this life that I am very privileged to have.

So, I decided to share my Being Thankful Project with you. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be posting about thankfulness and the specific role that plays in my life and circumstances. This week (because November is also National Caregivers’ Month), I am thankful for the people in my life who have taken care of me and supported me throughout the past year.

The word “support” can be defined as a verb and as a noun; it means “to bear all or part of the weight, to hold upright”. Caregivers are human support columns. And caregivers have a heavy burden on their shoulders. It takes a beautiful person and a gracious soul to stick with you when you’re sick, recovering, sometimes not “all there” due to medications or pain, when you need ’round the clock care, when you aren’t able to sleep and they stay up with you to keep you company, when all that is available to sleep on is a hard hospital chair. Making meals, assuring that you have your medication on time, wrapping and tending to wounds, helping you do basic things you’ve been doing independently since childhood.

Every single one of my needs was cared for, loved on, and patiently endured– especially when I was being unbearable. One of the people who I am thankful for is my mother. She cared for my dad while he was sick for years and then spent over six months in the hospital living there with him, only to turn around a few years later to care for me as I battled cancer (she also gave birth to me…so I guess I am forever in her debt, haha). I have been so blessed to have such an incredible support system and titanium-strong family unit, I sometimes take it all for granted…I will never know what it’s like to NOT have someone there for me. And for that, I am so grateful. 

This week, I challenge you to look around at your support system. Maybe you aren’t going through a sickness, but who can you lean on when times are hard? Who is there for you through thick and thin, unconditionally? Take time this week to appreciate those who love you and stand by you– thank God for them always!

 

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